Madfriars' Farm Report: July 17
Branham struck out 10 on Tuesday.
Branham struck out 10 on Tuesday.
Contributor, MadFriars
Posted Jul 18, 2012


Matt Branham was stellar for Elsinore, striking out 10 over six innings. San Antonio erupted for 12 early runs and cruised. Tucson dropped a pair and Eugene's winning streak was stopped.

Tucson 1,1 Reno 4, 3

Key Stats: 2B Belnome 1-2, 2B, BB; 3B Gyorko 1-2, 2B, BB

In the resumption of Monday’s rain-suspended game, Tucson quickly tied the game on an RBI double by Matt Clark, but managed just one more hit over the final six innings. Recent waiver claim Mark Hamburger continued to struggle, yielding three runs, two earned, over three innings of relief work. The 25-year-old righty has surrendered 17 hits through 12 innings in five appearances for Tucson.

In the seven-inning nightcap, Sawyer Caroll got Tucson on the boad first with an RBI single in the second, but Bear Bay allowed two runs in the next half inning and Tucson never got close to tying the game. Infielders Vince Belnome and Jedd Gyorko each went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk in the shortened contest. Since coming back off the disabled list, Belnome is hitting 400/500/760 in nine contests, pushing his season average in Tucson above .300.

San Antonio 12 Frisco 4

Key Stats: C Solis 3-5, 2B, HR, 2RBI; Liriano 1-3, BB< HBP, SB; 1B Decker 2-4, 2 2B, 2RBI, BB

Over the last six innings, the Missions were held hitless. So, it’s a good thing that through the first three, they pounded Frisco for 12 runs, including an eight-run third inning in which nine consecutive hitters reached base.

Catcher Ali Solis led the charge, putting together a single, double and homer before the third inning was over, but every hitter in the lineup reached base at least twice and either scored or drove in a run. Cody Decker, who has mashed his way to a .643 slugging percentage since returning to Double-A, had a pair of doubles and now has nine extra-base hits through the last 10 games.

Undrafted free agent Dan Lazzaroni made his Double-A debut, working one of the lowest-leverage innings ever. The 23-year-old righty struck out one as the newest member of the depleted San Antonio pitching staff.

Storm 5 Rancho 0

Key Stats: DH Medica 2-3, 2RBI; RF Tate 1-4, 3B, R; RHP Branham 6IP, 3H, 10K; RHP Quackenbush 1IP, 0R, 2K

Matt Branham’s move to the starting rotation took a turn in a very positive direction Tuesday as the 24-year-old righty became the second Storm pitcher in a week to post a dominant effort. The 2010 draftee carried a perfect game through four before yielding a single to open the fifth inning. He quickly escaped with a strike-‘em-out, throw-‘em-out double play, then came back with a scoreless sixth. In all, he gave up three singles over six innings while striking out a career-high 10 hitters.

Donavan Tate got things started for the Storm offense with his first triple of the year in the first. Justin Miller followed with a single to plate the third overall pick, stole second, and then came in on a single by Tommy Medica, whose 29 game hitting streak was snapped Sunday. Miller, who walked and scored in the third inning, has a 351/438/550 line since his mid-May promotion, though his production has been down in July.

Vancouver 4 Eugene 1

Key Stats: RF Adamson 3-4, SB, R; LF Baltz 2-3, SB, RBI; LHP Marcano 6IP, 3H, 2ER, 4K, 1B

While the Emeralds outhit Vancouver seven-to-five, they stranded nine men in scoring position on the way to a 4-1 loss, snapping a seven-game winning streak.

Australian outfielder Corey Adamson, who is still only 20 years old, singled, stole second and scored in the first inning, but the club didn’t manage another run. Adamson finished the night with three singles and has now hit in six straight.

Lefty Juan Marcano worked six more solid innings for the Ems, giving up two runs on three hits. The 21-year-old Venezuelan struck out four and issued only one walk. He surrendered a two-out solo homer in the sixth inning which proved to be the deciding run.

The AZL Padres were off Tuesday.



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